Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate


Cleansing Agent

No known benefits

Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate at a glance

  • Cleansing agent commonly found in shampoos, facial cleansers, and body washes
  • Helps build viscosity and boosts foaming properties of the formula
  • Noted for its gentleness
  • Can be derived formal plant, animal, or synthetic sources

Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate description

Sodium methyl oleoyl taurate is a cleansing agent commonly found in shampoo products where it helps build viscosity and boosts the foaming properties of the formula. This ingredient can also be found in other types of cleansing products, such as face wash, body wash, etc. Suppliers describe sodium methyl oleoyl taurate as a gentle surfactant that contributes to a dense, creamy lather. It’s often touted as an alternative to sulfates. For the record, not all sulfates are bad; in fact most are non-irritating and completely safe as used in cosmetics. Sodium methyl oleoyl taurate can be derived from plant, animal, or synthetic sources. While there aren’t many independent studies about sodium methyl oleoyl taurate, it has been deemed safe in cosmetics by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. Typical usage levels of sodium methyl oleoyl taurate range from 1–30%, depending on whether it’s the primary or secondary surfactant or used to thicken a formula. 2.5% is a fairly common amount for both cleansing and thickening purposes.

Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate references

  • Personal Care Products Council, Accessed March 2023, ePublication
  • Universal Preserv-A-Chem Inc. (supplier info), Accessed March 2023, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, February 2016, pages 1-23

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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